Irfan Pathan say’s he is ready

Irfan Pathan at Adelaide OvalImage via Wikipedia
Irfan Pathan believes that he has learnt from his failures and has it in him to succeed again in International cricket.

The Baroda all-rounder, who last played for India in June during the World T20 Championship in England, claims being slotted as a first-change bowler stunted his International career.

"I'm not complaining that I should be given the new ball, but yes, if you are bowling first change, you are not going to get that much swing. Your wicket tally is going to reduce”.

Which is strange as bowlers like him, for example Nehra, Zaheer and his cricketing idol Wasim Akram are all exponents of reverse swing with the scuffed cricket ball.

Apart from this quaint defense, Irfan has done everything to impress, he topped the batting and bowling charts for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy, the Indian selectors. However, will the selectors heed his cry?
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me personally, I would like to see him back in the test team especially due to the fact that he is a genuine swing bowler. He has shown his abilities in tests before and if he gets his mindset correctly he is a great asset to the team. He is still very young and has excellent calibre.

But the team management shouldn't repeat their blunders like before where they were considering him like a top order batter who can bowl medium pace. He should only be primarily considered as a strike bowler who can bat somewhere at 8 for your test team. Gradually he can be elevated in the batting order, but atleast for the next couple of years he should be played as a bowler.

How about an all pace attack consisting of Zaheer, Sreesanth, Ishant and Irfan taking on Aussies at the WACA Perth...sounds good na.. :-)

23/12/2009, 12:20  
Anonymous Ottayan said...

Yes he should consider himself as a bowler first. The attention given to his batting was a major reason for his downfall.

As for the WACA line up I would like to see Munaf Patel in it.:)

23/12/2009, 12:41  

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